History

Musicians, Billy Kinsley, Roger Scott Craig, Tony Coates, and Derek Cashin met each other during a game of Football in Liverpool. They decided to form a band which was eventually named Liverpool Express. The songwriting partnership of Billy and Roger soon developed when they started getting together in a small rehearsal room at the Bluecoat Chambers in central Liverpool to write and arrange some of the bands early material.

Before long the band recorded their first album, “Tracks”, produced by their manager Hal Carter who had personally managed many other successful musical acts including Billy Fury, Eddie Cochran, Marty Wilde, Brenda Lee, and Johnny Burnette. Hal negotiated a recording deal for the band with Warner Brothers Records and within a matter of six months they had several hit records in the UK and Europe. The bands success continued when they were asked to support Rod Stewart on his tour of the UK and Europe in November to December 1976.

After their tour with Rod, the band hit the recording studio to record their second album titled, “Low Profile” in early 1977. They appeared on the major UK TV shows of that era (such as ‘Top of the Pops’, ‘Supersonic’, ‘Swap Shop’, and ‘Its a Knockout’), participated in a multitude of charity events, and played at major venues throughout England, Scandinavia, and Europe.

Their greatest success came in South America where they scored two consecutive number one hits and they flew over to begin a tour in Brazil. Arriving at Rio de Janeiro Airport, the band were greeted by thousands of hysterical fans.
Billy Kinsley: “It was quite a shock for us to be welcomed to Brazil by so many screaming fans. In fact, we thought someone famous was on our flight and we had no clue what was going on”.
As soon as they touched down in Rio, the group were whisked away from the Airplane in a fleet of Limousines to a televised Press conference. During their tour they filmed their own TV special for Rede Globo and made several TV appearances throughout the country.

Roger Scott Craig: “The show in Bela Horizonte came to a complete standstill when I started to play our hit record, “You Are My Love”, the crowd just went nuts to the point that our singer, Billy, could not even sing the song – he was overwhelmed by the crowd and the tears ran down his face. Astonishing!!! Anyway, I had to keep playing the intro.., until he was able to settle down and get the vocal going! That was something I will never forget – 25,000 people stopping our show and the band coming to a complete halt due to the emotion?
There were about 5000 people outside the Stadium as well that night who couldn’t get in and I remember, as we were leaving, they all seemed to be banging on the roof of our Limo as we went back to the hotel!”.

Liverpool Express were one of the first bands to play in the huge sport stadiums in Brazil.

Following their successful tour in South America, Liverpool Express, returned to the UK to perform some more shows and film their own TV special for the BBC in Manchester. They made further TV appearances on “Swap Shop”, and “The Basil Brush Show”.

In early 1978, Prince Charles specifically requested that Liverpool Express perform for him at The Royal Gala Performance to be held at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool. At the performance, the band were introduced to the Prince and photographed with him after the show. Around this period, their second album, now titled “Dreamin'”, found it’s release, but, only in South America.

Drummer, Pete Kircher, joined the band in mid 1978 and participated in the recording of their third album, “L.E.X.”, which was produced by Tommy Boyce and Richard Hartley. The album cover art featured the soon-to-be-famous model, Jerry Hall, who later married Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones. The group continued to tour and made appearances on the following UK TV shows, “Get It Together”, “Star Games”, “Elaine: The Singer of the Song”, and “Swap Shop”.

Later in the year, Football friend and drummer, John Ryan, joined the band in place of Pete Kircher, who departed to work with the band, Status Quo. The following year, Liverpool guitarist, Kenny Parry, joined the band, and not long after, Roger Scott Craig emigrated to America, and John Ryan emigrated to Australia. Billy and Kenny continued working together as Liverpool Express and enlisted Dave Goldberg on keyboards and Brian Rawling on drums, this line-up released two singles during the mid 1980s. Kinsley, Goldberg and Parry have since remained the three core members of the band.

The original line-up of the group were reunited in August 2002, following global fan interest. This lead Roger Scott Craig to compile and release a ‘Best Of’ CD, which featured a brand new song, a tribute to The Beatles titled “John George Ringo & Paul”. A year later, Craig and Kinsley met in Liverpool to write and record new material for the album, “Once Upon A Time”, which they self-produced.

The group went on to top the digital download charts in the UK and Europe with “It’s a Beautiful Day” in 2006 (which was featured in several TV commercials in the UK and parts of Europe) and “You Are My Love” in 2011 (a day after a “Top of the Pops” episode they appeared on, was broadcast on the UK channel, BBC Four).

You can occasionally catch the band playing live gigs in and around the city of Liverpool. The current line-up comprises of: Billy Kinsley (bass guitar, vocals); Kenny Parry (guitar, vocals); Dave Goldberg (keyboards, vocals) and Dave’s son, Adam on drums.